A Biologist’s Perspective on CrossFit and Gymnastics

Twelve science-based articles from massage therapist, registered yoga teacher, biologist, and CrossFit trainer Amber Larsen.

Hot Yoga: The Dangers and Myths You Need to Know

Hot yoga is a huge craze, but is it safe? There are some things you need to know about how the body handles heat so you can decide if hot yoga is good for you.

The Truth About Steroid Use in CrossFit: Don’t Ever Assume

I do not believe that every person in CrossFit is using steroids. The reason for this I hope can be explained in this article about natural hormone increases brought on by heavy resistance training.

The CrossFit Dilemma: Why Can’t I Lift More Than THAT Person?

Many athletes may wonder why they are not able to lift more than the person next to them. Let’s look at different body types and how to work with your genetic musculature to make strength gains.

How Bands Are Actually Holding You Back

It wasn’t until I attended the current CrossFit Gymnastics certification that I realized bands are not essential, and can even be a crutch to an athlete’s progression.

Amber has been an athlete all of her life, playing soccer as a child until she finished college. She was also a gymnast and track and field athlete. She soon found a love for kinesiology, human anatomy, and physiology, and decided to go back to school to become a massage therapist. She later went back to get her Bachelors of Science in biology with a specialization in human anatomy and physiology.

Kipping and the Handstand Push Up: Is It Safe?

To do the HSPU, you must learn handstand basics. There can be harmful implications of learning to kip before doing the handstand push up strictly.

The Female Form: Embrace Your Genetics and Find Beauty in Being Unique

On average, most women will have about thirteen negative thoughts about their appearance per day. I know it can be difficult to stop the negative self talk, but it’s time to embrace yourself.

What Science Has to Do With Our Comments on Fitness-Related Articles

Everyone has a different opinion in the fitness arena. But remember your comments may be representing more than just yourself.

Low Back Pain: A Guide for Coaches and Athletes on Anatomy, Types, and Treatment

In order to best help your clientele, it’s important for coaches to understand the muscles of the back, what can cause back pain, and treatments (after physical therapy, of course.)

Understanding Periodization: A Brief Explanation for Coaches and Programmers

Periodization can be a tool to help your athletes continue to make gains and to ensure sound programming. Remember, the idea behind CrossFit is “constantly varied” – not actually random.

Working with Special Populations Part 2: Asthma

Regular exercise can do wonders for those who suffer from asthma, but it’s vital that coaches understand how to safely work with asthmatic trainees.

Growing Bones and CrossFit Kids: The Biology Every Kids Coach Should Know

CrossFit is great for kids but it’s essential that trainers understand the changes in muscles, bones, and hormones that kids undergo in order to keep them safe and healthy.

The Science and Psychology of Motivation for Athletes

What is motivation? And I don’t just mean the basic definition, but the science of how motivation works. What motivates you versus me?